• Discovery Place provides free resources for the ministries of United Methodist churches within the Susquehanna Conference. We are located at the Conference Center in Mechanicsburg and are open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Other hours can be arranged by appointment. We invite you to visit us.
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Resource Spotlight

Advent is here, and the following resources are still available!


 

The Gift of the Nutcracker, by Matt Rawle (2018). Rawle looks at this Christmas classic in a new way: through the lens of faith. He uses the iconic tale to help us understand God’s greatest gift of the Christ child and of the kingdom Christ came to build. 4 sessions. (Also available – study books for Children and Youth.)

 

 

 

 

 

Home for Christmas: Tales of Hope & Second Chances, by Justin Coleman (2018). This study shares the real-life stories of formerly incarcerated men and women as they find work and opportunity through Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles. As we hear about their struggles, we recognize the Advent themes of hope, love, and peace in their lives. 4 sessions.

 

 

 

 

Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph, by Adam Hamilton (2017). As the earthly father of Jesus, Joseph’s place in the Nativity story is sometimes overlooked, but contains valuable lessons for all of us.  4 sessions.  (Also available – study books for Children and Youth and a large-print book.)

 

 

 

 

Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break, by James Moore (2017). As we journey through Advent, we reflect on the unbreakable gifts God has given us: hope, love, joy, and peace…and of course the greatest gift of all: Jesus. 5 sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who Needs Christmas, by Andy Stanley (2019).  The story of Christmas is so familiar that we rarely dig into the details.  But if we did, we’d see that the remarkable details of the Christmas story are what makes it so believable.  4 sessions. Packaged with Why Easter Matters, which could be previewed for use during Lent.

 

 

 

 

Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem, by Adam Hamilton (2014). Hamilton begins at the end, with Mary at the crucifixion and the resurrection, and then travels back in time as Jesus’ life and ministry unfolds, ending at the beginning: with the Christ Child being born in a stable. 5 sessions.

 

 

 

 

Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas, by Jorge Acevedo (2015). God sent Christ at Christmas. And Christ sends us. Each session is led by a different presenter, all of whom are clergy. Each session begins with a story about Advent or Christmas, followed by a lively discussion among the presenters. 5 sessions.

 

 

 

 


Down to Earth, by Mike Slaughter (2016). Have we ever really grasped the miracle that took place in Jesus’ birth? We will be challenged in this study to respond to this miracle with down-to-earth love, humility, lifestyle, and obedience. 4 sessions.

 


 

 

 


The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem, by Adam Hamilton (2011). Explore the story of the birth of Jesus with fresh ears and eyes.  Filmed on location, take your group on a journey with Adam Hamilton as he travels from Nazareth to Bethlehem in this fascinating look at the birth of Jesus Christ. 5 sessions. (Also available – study books for Children and Youth.)

 

 

 

 


Finding Bethlehem In the Midst of Bedlam, by James Moore (2015). This study explores how God comes to us even in the midst of chaos and how we can, in turn, be light that the world seeks, especially during the Christmas Season. Christmas or confusion, Bethlehem or bedlam…which will you choose this year?  5 sessions.

 

 

 

 

Under Wraps: The Gift We Never Expected, by Jessica LaGrone, Andy Nixon, Rob Renfroe, and Ed Robb (2014). Under Wraps is an Advent experience that explores the character of God described in the Old Testament and then revealed through Jesus Christ.  Each week centers on a key word that describes a characteristic of God that is evidenced in the Old Testament and then seen more clearly through Jesus. 4 sessions.

 


 

 

Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World?, by Rick McKinley, Chris Seay, and Greg Holder (2009). Tired of the consumerism that has come to define Christmas? Advent Conspiracy invites us to restore the heart of the holiday by showing how we can substitute compassion for consumption, by practicing four simple but powerful countercultural concepts. 4 sessions.



 

 


The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas, by Ann Voskamp (2014).  Ann draws us deep into Scripture as she explores and illuminates the magnificence of God’s Word through the unfurling of the greatest love story ever told – God’s ardent and relentless pursuit of us. 4 sessions.

 

 

 

For more complete descriptions for these resources, please consult our online catalog (link on this page) and search by title.  To borrow any of these, you can place an order directly from the online catalog, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call us at 717-766-7968. Our hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  We look forward to hearing from you!

God’s blessings to you as we celebrate the upcoming season of peace, joy, love, and hope!

Serving Christ with you,
Joni Robison